Herefordshire Council has launched a public consultation on potential new sites and site extensions for Gypsies, Travellers and Travelling Show People, as part of the preparation of the Herefordshire Local Plan Traveller Site policy.
Research carried out to assess current and future accommodation requirements of Gypsies, Travellers and Travelling Show People has identified a need for additional authorised and transit pitches. As a result, action is being taken to address the shortfall of available sites for those needing a base in Herefordshire as well as those travelling across the county.
Detailed studies have identified the level of need in our district as being 19 permanent pitches, 5 for Travelling Show People and 3 temporary stopping pitches in the first five years of the plan.
The locations under consideration, following the ‘call for sites’ that ran from December 2015 to February 2016, are:
- Ross on Wye
- Lower Bullingham
- Sutton St Nicholas
The establishment of transit pitches will enable the movement of Travellers through the county to be managed more harmoniously, providing greater certainty for Travellers and local residents.
The council is still inviting land to be put forward for consideration of possible new sites as further sites will be required for 2020 onwards.
The consultation runs from Monday 25 July to Monday 19 September 2016 and can be found at www.herefordshire.gov.uk/traveller-sites-consultation
Hard copies can be viewed at information points such as libraries and customer service centres across Herefordshire.
Drop in sessions are also being arranged at the following venues:
- Holmer Parish Church Hall on Monday 5th September from 4-7pm
- Larruperz Centre, Ross on Wye on Thrusday 8th September 4-7pm
- Leominster Community Centre TBC